The Brainiac Project x Foundations of Music

IT'S BEEN QUITE SOME TIME SINCE I HAVE POSTED ON THE SITE SINCE OUR ANNUAL BRAINIAC BASH BUT IT HAS BEEN GOOD REASON. I HAVE BEEN WORKING REALLY, REALLY HARD COMPLETING THE FIRST YEAR OF MY DOCTORAL PROGRAM AND I HAVE ALSO BEEN STRATEGIZING ON HOW TO LEVERAGE MY TIME AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY TO PURSUE RESEARCH AND COMMUNITY ARTS PARTNERSHIPS THAT WILL CONTINUE TO PUSH FORWARD TBP'S MISSION AND VISION TO PROMOTE THE POWER OF DIGITAL MUSIC CREATION AND HIP HOP CULTURE AMONG URBAN YOUTH.

CURRENTLY, I AM WORKING ON A PROJECT IN CONJUNCTION WITH CHICAGO'S FOUNDATIONS OF MUSIC INC. TO ASSIST THEM TO IMPROVE AND EVALUATE THEIR RAP SONGWRITING AND MUSIC PRODUCTION CURRICULUM THAT IS BEING PILOTED IN CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS (CPS).

IN RECENT YEARS, MANY CPS SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAVE RECOGNIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF PROVIDING ARTS EDUCATION IN THEIR CURRICULUM TO PROMOTE STEM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS) LEARNING FOR URBAN YOUTH.

RESEARCH INDICATES THAT CULTURALLY COMPETENT DIGITAL LEARNING EXPERIENCES IN COMBINATION WITH ARTS EXPERIENCES HELP BLACK YOUTH TO BETTER FORMULATE FUTURE PROFESSIONAL GOALS RECENT RESEARCH ALSO SUGGESTS THAT INTERVENTIONS THAT UTILIZES HIP-HOP CULTURE COPING PROMOTES CONNECTIONS TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY PROVIDES THE MOST PROTECTIVE CLASSROOM SETTING.

THE FOUNDATION OF MUSIC’S CURRICULUM ADDRESSES THIS RESEARCH BY FOSTERING CULTURALLY RELEVANT ARTS PROGRAMMING FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN YOUTH. IT IS MY THOUGHT THAT OUR YOUTH UTILIZE HIP HOP MUSIC TO ABSORB RACIAL STEREOTYPES AND REDEFINE THEMSELVES AND THEIR COMMUNITY IN MORE POSITIVE TERMS. I REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO THIS PROJECT AND THINK IT COULD BE GROUNDBREAKING FOR CHANGING THE WAY CPS VIEWS DIGITAL MUSIC CREATION IN THE CLASSROOM SETTING.

I WILL KEEP YOU ALL POSTED ON HOW IT DEVELOPS AS I BEGIN THE PROJECT THIS SPRING.

2016 Brainiac Bash Summary and Photos

I would like to extend a sincere thank you for the show of support The Brainiac Project received during its 'Brainiac Bash' annual fundraising event on September 8th. 2016. The event was great fun, with fabulous music, delicious food, a wonderful collection of young professionals from Chicago, and plenty of chocolate-covered pretzels to go around (lol). The event raised more than $2,500, which will go to supporting The Brainiac Project's "Open Sessions" mentoring initiative and sustaining our community recording studio.

A special thanks goes out to all of our generous Sponsors and Vendors: Mario Gage, Ariel Investments, Ten Photos, Magnolia Atelier, Dope Creations LLC, DJ PATXL, Dream Chef Caterers LLC, Ashley Smith & Suuri Designs, Tiana Washington, Space 1858, Drs. Robert and Helen Evans.

I also would like to acknowledge Ed Vogel and Jon C. Johnson for volunteering their time with our raffle and check-in station.

-Naledge

To see pictures from the event check out the gallery below:

Save The Date

Dear Friend, Family and Supporter,

It takes great pleasure to invite you to my 2nd annual #BrainiacBash for my nonprofit organization, The Brainiac Project Inc. 

The Brainiac Project aims to promote viable recording arts careers to at-risk youth in Chicagoland public schools via workshops, mentorship opportunities, educational support and providing access to recording studio experience.  At the center of The Brainiac Project is a traditional commercial recording studio. Here, artists can rent the studio by the hour or join a membership program and record.  This is a community studio for musicians by musicians. Your attendance and donations to this occasion will help with the maintenance of our programming, upkeep of GBK Studio and help give talented youth on the South-side a chance to use their art to do something constructive rather than destructive to the community.

Get your Earlybird tickets to the event here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-brainiac-project-inc-presents-brainiacbash-2016-tickets-25908775846

I personally request that you save the night of September 8, 2016 in your calendar as most important and please be free to attend the event.  See you in September! 

Thanks and regards,

Jabari “Naledge” Evans
Executive Director, The Brainiac Project